Navajo tribal cops Jim Chee and Bernadette Manuelito and their mentor, the legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, investigate two perplexing cases in this exciting Southwestern mystery from the New York Times best-selling author of Spider Woman's Daughter.
Doing a good deed for a relative offers the perfect opportunity for Sergeant Jim Chee and his wife, Officer Bernie Manuelito, to get away from the daily grind of police work. But two cases will call them back from their short vacation and separate them - one near Shiprock and the other at iconic Monument Valley.
Chee follows a series of seemingly random and cryptic clues that lead to a missing woman, a coldblooded thug, and a mysterious mound of dirt and rocks that could be a gravesite. Bernie has her hands full managing the fallout from a drug bust gone wrong, uncovering the origins of a fire in the middle of nowhere, and looking into an ambitious solar energy development with long-ranging consequences for Navajo land.
Under the guidance of their mentor, retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, Bernie and Chee will navigate unexpected obstacles and confront the greatest challenge yet to their skills, commitment, and courage.
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Sadly, not a patch on the original
The pace of the first half of the book was very slow and the writing style nothing like as good as Tony Hillerman's originals - I was concurrently re-reading Thief of Time, and the style is so much smoother and more engaging. At the half-way point I still wasn't really involved in the story - in fact, I looked to see how long I had left and it was 'oh no, I'm only half-way through!'
No, I shall continue to listen to Tony Hillerman books (and read them in print!)
I guess. As a general thing I find men doing women's voices better than the other way about, although I hate to admit it. And someone should tell Christina Delaine how Europeans pronounce Gisela!
All the stuff about Mamma and Darlene.
Anne Hillerman's earlier work Spider Woman's Daughter was very much better but I can't see me bothering with any more of these.
- Olga the Owl